RocketLab to launch BlackSky geo-int satellites

By on 19 January, 2022

Image courtesy RocketLab

Rocket Lab USA has announced the launch window for its first Electron mission in 2022, a dedicated mission for BlackSky through global launch services provider Spaceflight Inc.

An Electron launch vehicle is scheduled to launch the ‘Without Mission A Beat’ mission from Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1 in New Zealand during a launch window that opens February 4, 2022 UTC.

The launch will see the fifth and sixth satellites delivered to space for BlackSky by Rocket Lab in the past three months.

This dedicated mission will be Rocket Lab’s 24th Electron launch and first mission of 2022.

Rocket Lab will not be attempting to recover the Electron launch vehicle for this mission.

While this next mission was due to be the final launch in a series of back-to-back missions for the company as part of a multi-launch deal actioned last year, Spaceflight has since commissioned a sixth launch for BlackSky on Electron to take place in 2022.

That dedicated mission will continue BlackSky’s rapid business expansion by deploying another pair of Gen-2 Earth-imaging satellites to a precise location in low Earth orbit for its growing satellite constellation.

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